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Lucie Demoyencourt Inks Up Cape Town


Even if you haven't yet heard her name, you've almost certainly seen Cape Town-based artist Lucie Demoyencourt's distinctive drawings and paintings, many of which have been turned into prints and postcards. Featuring the relaxed, easy style of someone who's very comfortable with a brush or pen, her works capture everyday scenes and landscapes, showing us the world through Lucie's eyes.

Her latest exhibition, on from 1 December 2016 until 28 January 2017 at The Voorkamer Gallery at Chandler House in Cape Town, is a celebration of her home city. Titled 50 x City Bowl, the collection is similar to her former 2014 Atlantic Seaboard range in that it explores a slice of Cape Town in the form of monochromatic snapshots, albeit this time, that slice is the CBD.

The extensive collection comprises 50 A3 ink drawings that unpack different facets of the area, capturing, for example, the Mount Nelson Hotel, the Long Street Baths, the Labia Theatre and joggers running past District Six. Both iconic scenes, like Table Mountain, and less publicised ones, like the sight under the N2 highway, appear, and in this way Lucie pays homage to all sides of the metropolis she lives in.

The exhibition is well worth a view so you can see all 50 pieces displayed together. Scanning through them invites the rediscovery of parts of a city that most residents have come to take for granted.

If you're quick, you can purchase the framed originals from the gallery for R5800. Alternatively you can pick up fine art prints of the drawings from Lucie's online shop, starting at R1800, or buy them in postcard form from Chandler House or Fabricate at the Gardens Shopping Centre.

Here are a few of our favourites from the 50 x City Bowl range:

lucie2 Masks at Greenmarket Square
lucie3 The Mount Nelson Hotel
lucie4 Queen Victoria Street
lucie5 City Hall
lucie6 Unfinished bridge
lucie7 Tafelberg Road

To see more of Lucie's work, visit luciedemoyencourt.com.

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